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Creating a Storage Pool on a RAID Enclosure

  • The Mode switch on the RAID enclosure must be set to Software Control mode. For details, see the enclosure's hardware user guide.

  • The RAID enclosure must not contain any existing RAID groups.


To prevent errors or data loss, do not change the enclosure Mode switch from Software Control to any other mode while the enclosure is connected to the NAS.

  1. Open Storage & Snapshots.
  2. Click External Storage Devices, and then select External Storage Device Management.

    The External Storage Device Management window opens.

  3. Click Configure.

    The External RAID Device Configuration Wizard opens.

  4. Click Next.
  5. Select two or more disks.
    • All data on the selected disks will be deleted.

    • All unselected disks will be automatically assigned as spare disks, and cannot be used until the RAID group has been deleted.

  6. Select a RAID type.

    QTS displays all available RAID types and automatically selects the most optimized RAID type.

    Number of disks

    Supported RAID Types

    Default RAID Type


    JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1

    RAID 1


    JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 5

    RAID 5


    JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 5, RAID 10

    RAID 5


    Use the default RAID type if you are unsure of which option to select.

  7. Click Next.
  8. Select Create Storage Pool.
  9. Click Create.

    A confirmation message appears.

  10. Click OK.
    • The RAID enclosure creates the RAID group.

    • The Create Storage Pool Wizard opens on the Select Disks screen.

    • The RAID group you created is automatically selected and the RAID type is set to Single.

  11. Click Next.
  12. Configure the alert threshold.

    QTS issues a warning notification when the percentage of used pool space is equal to or above the specified threshold.

  13. Configure pool guaranteed snapshot space.

    Pool guaranteed snapshot space is storage pool space that is reserved for storing snapshots. Enabling this feature ensures that QTS always has sufficient space to store new snapshots.

  14. Click Next.
  15. Click Create.

    A confirmation message appears.

  16. Click OK.

QTS creates the storage pool and then displays the information on the Storage/Snapshots screen.